The Great Rescue and Other Stories is a Custom Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends US VHS/DVD Release. It features one first season episode and two second season episodes narrated by Ringo Starr, Three Third Season episodes narrated by George Carlin and four fourth season episodes narrated by Michael Angelis. It was originally released by Strand VCI Entertainment in 1998, Strand Home Video in 2000, Time-Life Video in 2001, Video Treasures in 2002 and Anchor Bay Entertainment in 2007. It was later released on DVD in 2014 by Anchor Bay Entertainment.


  1. James In A Mess (Ringo Starr)
  2. Thomas Meets Harry the Tractor (Ringo Starr)
  3. Daisy (Ringo Starr)
  4. Happy Birthday Sir Topham Hatt (George Carlin)
  5. Heroes (George Carlin)
  6. Bulgy (George Carlin)
  7. The Great Rescue (Michael Angelis)
  8. A Bad Sight (Michael Angelis)
  9. D261's Lucky Trucks (Michael Angelis)
  10. BoCo's Birthday Plans (Michael Angelis)


  • Narrated by Ringo Starr, George Carlin and Michael Angelis.
  • Release Date: March 1, 1998.
  • In the Strand VCI/2014 Anchor Bay DVD versions, the Season 1 intro, nameplate sequence (1990-1992) and the UK Season 4 outro are used together.
  • In the Strand Home Video/Time-Life/Video Treasures/2007 Anchor Bay VHS version, the Season 1 intro, nameplate sequence (1992-1994) and the UK Season 4 outro are used together.
  • Distrubuted by Strand VCI Entertainment.


  • In the 2015 release, there's rare Mark Moraghan narrations of the Great Rescue and BoCo's Birthday Plans as bonus features

Opening Credits

  • Based on the Railway Series by The REV.W.AWDRY
  • Told by RINGO STARR
  • Directed by DAVID MITTON

Video Artwork

1998 Strand VCI version

Front Cover

  • BoCo and Gary (on the flatbed) escaping from "The Great Rescue"

Back Cover

  • BoCo from "BoCo's Birthday Plans"

1999 Strand VCI/Strand Home Video/Time-Life/Video Treasures version

=Front Cover

BoCo and Gary at Elsbridge from "The Great Rescue"

Back Cover

  • Aaron from "A Bad Sight"

Anchor Bay version

Front Cover

  • Top: BoCo (happy) and Gary (scared)
  • Bottom: Thomas and Harry from "Thomas Meets Harry the Tractor".

=Back Cover

  • Duck and Stepney from "A Bad Sight"
  • All the engines from "Happy Birthday Sir Topham Hatt"

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